A house just isn’t a home until it’s decorated, and hanging pictures allows you to show off your artistic side. Follow these step-by-step instructions and tips on how to quickly hang pictures and artwork on just about any type of wall surface in your home.
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Hold the picture up on the wall near eye level.
Mark the wall at the center of the top of the frame with either a pencil or piece of painter’s tape (easily removed). This is the wall mark.
If the frame is too large or heavy to hold, use a carpenter’s level or laser level instead.
On the back of the picture, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the mounting hook or center of the stretched wire. This is the adjustment measurement.
On the wall, measure the adjustment measurement down from the wall mark. This is where to hang the picture hook on the wall.
Many homes have plaster walls, and mounting on this surface can cause the plaster to chip. Masonry walls also require special techniques for hanging pictures. Here are a few tips for hanging on plaster or masonry walls.
Before installing a nail or other fastener in plaster, drill a pilot hole that's smaller than the fastener, then gently drive in the fastener.
Mounting on masonry requires a special masonry drill bit and masonry screws.
Select hanging location.
Mark the location using the holes on the hanger as a guide.
Use a masonry bit to drill the holes about 1/4 of an inch deeper than the length of the screw.
For safety, always wear eye protection when drilling into a masonry wall.
Fasten the hanger with masonry screws.
Hang the object.